About

Gianna Albaum (M.A., Italian Studies, NYU) is a scholar in the field of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature. She is currently completing her dissertation in the department of Italian Studies at NYU.

Her work attends to the delightful interplay of technology, narcotics, and literature in the late Ottocento/early Novecento. Her research interests include modern Italian literature, science and technology studies, posthumanism, biopolitics, and postcolonial studies.

She has extensive experience in teaching Italian language and culture, including both content and language courses of all levels. This summer, she is teaching a course on Italian Eco-Gothic. For a more in-depth discussion of her teaching and sample materials, see this page.

Her most recent publication (“Mantegazza’s Coca Dreams,” in Italian Quarterly) examines Paolo Mantegazza’s 1859 treatise on coca against the backdrop of contemporary scientific theories of race, climate, and energy.

Her dissertation, Narco Moderns: Drugs, Intoxication, and Italian Modernity (1858-1923)”,” takes as its primary object a series of narratives in which drugs—as emblems of intoxication, hallucination, and stimulation—are a rhetorical vehicle for the expression of both hopes and anxieties about ‘modernity.’ For these authors, modernity is a drug—it stupefies, it delights, it anesthetizes, it poisons.

For more information on her past and current research, see this page.